Saturday, March 11, 2017

Alleviate Stress: This Works Stress Check


Happy Saturday! I recently started a new job (couldn't be happier, by the way), but because of that, was unable to go to New York Fashion Week.  My favorite girls at Bollare didn't want me to miss out on the action, and sent me some great stuff from their gifting suite.
I wanted to tell you about the This Works line that I have really been enjoying.  This Works is a line of natural products designed to help you unwind, and melt away the days' stress.  They help you put your body into a restful state to help you sleep with ease!  These products are especially great for women in my industry, since we all usually operate on minimal sleep, and too much coffee, in a high stress environment #lawyered. 

I first fell for the Breath In oil that smells like lavender. Lavender has traditionally been used to help calm anxious nerves (that's why spa's are always lavender scented). This roller ball can be applied to pulse points like your temples, or your wrists. If you have muscle aches, apply it directly to the site that hurts and rub it in. The aromatherapy helps calm your nerves. Apply it just before bed to help you fall into a deep sleep. 

The Stress Check Face Mask is a great product for those days when you want some at-home pampering. When you apply it, you will feel a cooling sensation from the Peppermint extract. The anti-oxidant rich formula contains Turmeric which has healing and anti-inflammatory properties. The mask will reduce redness, promote radiance and hydrate the skin. It also contains Chamomile, to help relieve both mental and physical stress.  

If you're sensitive to scents, check the ingredients of the products before purchasing them. Certain products are heavily scented since the ingredients themselves are what help alleviate stress. 

They have everything from pillow sprays, face masks, hair elixers and beauty oils. All designed with one thing in mind: to help you get to that zen place. Om.

The line is available online, at ThisWorks.com, QVC, Asos.
FTC Disclosure: the products contained in this post were provided to me by PR. 

Monday, February 27, 2017

MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipsticks - New Launch! Swatches!


The excitement when MAC sends you a new launch is REAL guys. There are days when a package at your doorstep makes your day and when MAC sent their new Retro Matte liquid lipsticks over, well, let's just say day made. 

The previous launch of these liquid lipsticks left us feeling sad because the formula was drying, but they've reformulated their ingredients. Now, the lipsticks are not overly drying, but still very long wearing. They're intensely opaque and provide great color payoff with just one layer. They have a slight tackiness to them initially, and then dry down. The best way to remove them is with an oil based cleanser (do not even try Bioderma or other Micellar waters). 

There are twelve new colors in the launch, each retailing for $21. Shade Burnt Spice is my favorite nude shade. They're mostly earthy, cool toned colors that are wearable, except for Young Attitude (because I can't walk into the courtroom wearing blue lipstick), and it was also patchy. Carnivorous is a beautiful, deep red, and just a tiny bit patchy. Try a red liner underneath this shade.

Ten shades swatched down below.
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Thursday, February 2, 2017

January Beauty Board

December brought some hefty expenses, so in January, I tried to "live off the land." Ha. If I ran out of a product, instead of purchasing a replacement, I cracked into the beauty closet and sought out alternatives.  I still continued to use my all time favorite Clarin's Multi-Active night cream - my favorite moisturizing AND firming night cream.  I also continued to use the Korres Rose Oil to help brighten and fade brown spots. I revisited an old favorite: Bobbi Brown Radiance Boost mask. Still an awesome product that helps to gently exfoliate skin.

My trusty Maybelline Matte and Poreless Foundation started to become harder and harder to dispense (bad packaging, no pump and glass bottle). To replace it, I opened the Estee Lauder Cushion Stick foundation. This is lighter coverage than I'm used to compared to the Fit Me but it offered an easily blendable and buildable alternative that gives a luminous finish. So far, so good.

I ran out of the Maybelline Age Rewind concealer and tried a Cover FX sample from Sephora. That didn't work out. It was cakey, very thick and a poor color match (X-Tra light is not my shade). I stopped using it and switched it out for Tarte's Marajuca Creaseless Concealer and that's been very good. Great coverage and blends easily.

Bobbi Brown has a few new products! For the woman who is always on-the-go, you can't beat the convenience of the Cheek Glow Palette. The compact contains a mirror, Bobbi's best selling cream blush (Pot Rouge), and the Cream Illuminator. Both products give a beautiful, creamy, dewy look to the skin. They apply best with fingers or a stippling brush.

The Kiesza for Mac Collection features two vampy, chocolately lip shades, evocative of 90's grunge. I've been wearing the matte lipstick in Dearly Beloved topped with Thunderkiss Vamplify gloss when I go out at night and love it. They launch now, in February.
{photo by @Pipsbeaut}

ReVive Light Therapy: this at-home, portable, FDA cleared device targets skin issues in a flash. No pun intended. Acne? The Repair system is for you. Wrinkles and discoloration? Then try the Renew system. Muscle and joint paint are addressed with the infrared technology in these products. I've been using the anti-aging system. I'll check back in in a few months when I have been using it more religiously so that I can give a proper review.

Tan-Luxe: When this tanning system arrived, I just loved the clean, simple lines of the containers and bottles. I like these products because they're natural self-tanners.  The products don't smell like chemicals. They contain Aloe, Vitamin C, E, and Raspberry seed oil. The face and body drops are really concentrated so you don't need to use a lot of product. They're very easy to apply, just add the drops to products you already use, like your favorite face serum or moisturizer. You'll see your tan start to develop within four hours of application.  They're also sold on HSN where everyone loves them. Read the reviews here.

All products mentioned above were sent to me by PR, except the Maybelline products mentioned and the Korres oil.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Bird and Bone, Miami

Bird and Bone Duck Entree
This month, The Confidante Hotel on Collins and 40th rolled out some new programs that were part of a welcomed revamp at the mid-century modern hotel. Bird and Bone is the new restaurant on the hotel grounds. You will also find a wellness program that includes ocean-side yoga classes, bootcamp and more. The wellness program is complimentary for hotel guests and $20 otherwise.  The hotel, which is part of the Unbound collection by Hytatt, boasts retro, vintage charm. Think Americana meets Art Deco.  
Bird and Bone The Jars Appetizer
Eager to try out Chef Richard Hales' newest venture, Bird and Bone (mostly because I love Blackbrick, his other successful Miami restaurant), we made our way to Miami Beach to try out some country cooking and cocktails from Nina's House.
Bird and Bone
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